T-Ball Tales Part 6

7 August 2009
Well, T-Ball wrapped up last night.  It was supposed to be the kids vs. the parents, but the other Coach had some crazy idea that we would play each other and just have the parents bat after the kids.  The parents had to hit the opposite way and run backwards.  It was pretty funny.  I am happy to report that none of the parents, myself included, tripped while running the bases. 
Heath had a good time, hopefully next year he’ll be a little more focused.  It was good to see him interact with some of the other kids on the team, although for the most part he stuck with our neighbor, who is one of his best friends.

My brother, who works out of town a lot, was able to go to the game.  Seeing him reminded me of one of my Little League Tales.  There was a play at the plate where knocked the Catcher over making him drop the ball.  They called me out because you weren’t allowed to run the Catcher over.  My brother yelled at the ump that he was blocking the plate.

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T-Ball Tales Part 5

23 July 2009

T-Ball was a little chaotic today.  The competition to field the ball has heated up.  Every grounder turns into a little mosh pit.  Everyone wants to play in as close as possible to get the ball.  I had to move some of the kids around so everyone could get a shot.  At one point Heath and one of his best friends Caden were wrestling out there.  I had to take my Coach hat off for a second and put the Referee one on.  Heath got to bat twice, and really got a hold of the first one. 

JP took some pictures of last week’s game that I’ll share with  you.

T-Ball 1
Striking a Pose on Third Base

T-Ball 2
Big O watching Big Bro

T-Ball 3
On Deck

T-Ball 4
Heath’s version of scoring a Run

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T-Ball Tales Part 4

18 July 2009

This week’s T-Ball game was a special one because my 2nd best friend (other then my wife) JP was able to watch Heath play.  If you regularly read the posts on LestersLegends.com, you may have heard of JP.  He goes by the moniker BDJP or Big Dog JP.  JP and I go back to the 8th grade.  We were good friends in high school and decided to go to Syracuse University together.  We roomed together Freshman year in Brewster, Floor 9, aka Brew 9.  Many of my closest friends to this day come from Brew 9.  We all joined the same fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, because they were starting the chapter back up and we wanted to stay together.  Roughly half of the original Sammies that joined in the Fall of ’94 were Brew Niners.  JP and I never roomed together after our Freshman year for a multitude of reasons.  I think we figured out it our schedules just didn’t mesh.  Though we drifted some when JP move off-campus we remained best of friends and still keep in great touch today despite living in opposite ends of the Earth. Well, not quite, I live in Minnesota and JP lives in Brooklyn. 

Despite living so far away JP has been an important part of my son Heath’s life.  He flew out to watch him get baptised.  We went to the East Coast a couple time.  JP has come out here a couple times.  One of Heath’s favorite birthday and Christmas presents are JP’s because he always gets him cool figures (Justice league first, and now McFarlanes’).  Whenever I talk to JP on the phone, Heath wants to chat with him. 

Well, Heath was a little shy at first, but he warmed up to JP.  JP told Heath to field five balls during the game.  I think he fielded one so far this year.  He was determined to put on a show though as he fielded three grounders.  He may have got more, but I moved him around so some of the other kids could get a chance. 

Heath has had so many people come watch him play.  I would like to thank my Dad (Pete), my Mom (Karren), my Mother-in-Law (Carol), my Father-in-Law (Denny), my Uncle Larry, my Aunt Jean, JP, and Heidi and Dave for coming out to see Heath this year so far. 

Thank you for reading the T-Ball tales.  I know it’s a departure from what you usually see at LestersLegends.com.  I have this forum and I can’t resist using it to talk about one of my top two buddies (along with Heath’s brother Owen).  We’ll talk fantasy sports another time.  If you have a child in athletics, a play, a musical, cub scouts, girl scouts, whatever, please feel free to share a story.  After all, that’s what’s life is about.  Creating and sharing great memories.

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T-Ball Tales Part 3

10 July 2009

We had last week off as it was probably assumed that families would be on vacaction for the 4th of July.  We returned to action last night and it was actually uneventful.  I mean that in a good way.  After the picture debacle, I needed that.  Heath kept his language in check and did his best to try to field some grounders.  He hit the ball fairly well.  All in all it was a good time.

Heath turns five on Monday, but we let him have one of his presents early.  A black Easton t-ball bat.  His birthday party is on Sunday and he chose a Red Sox party of all themes.  Here we are in Minnesota and I have successfully been able to pass the Red Sox and Patriots fanhood to my boy.

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